TikTok is no stranger to dangerous trends and hoaxes, but this April 24th trend has worried users across the app.
If you’ve been on TikTok in the past few days then you may have seen content posted about April 24th.
The day has been designated by online trolls on TikTok as a national day for sexual assault, and sparked a wave of anger in return.
What is the April 24th trend?
Reportedly, six men on the platform assigned the date as a “national day” for carrying out sexual assault acts legally, and have even claimed it’s legal on the day. Some videos even included tips on how to do it.
TikTok user @showme_yourmask explained that: “The trolls of the internet have declared April 24th national r**e day.”
“And there is a mix of people who seem to claim that it is a joke and a bunch of other people who are trying to say it is very, very real. So out of an abundance of caution, I think everybody needs to just try and stay home,” she said.
Of course, the day is certainly not legal and acts of sexual assault will not be legal on April 24th. For the most part, the TikTok ‘trend’ appears to be a trolling joke made by a select group of users, but it’s still unacceptable, not funny and wildly frightening for women online.
TikTokers have criticized and warned about the day
Clicking on the ‘April 24’ search on TikTok will luckily not show you any of the original videos, and instead users speaking out against the dangerous trend
TikToker, @almightyursus has previously investigated “online trolls and bullies” in order to hand over their information to “family, friends, religious institutions and if necessary, the FBI”.
He made it clear he wouldn’t be afraid to do it again when it comes to the April 24th TikTok trend: “If I hear anything about this from you as a joke or otherwise, I’m going to find you and hand over your personal information to everyone you know and love, and the FBI.”
This TikToker highlighted how although it may be a “joke” to some, it’s a real thing and scary for women. “For the men who think that women are crazy for being afraid of April 24th, some men aren’t taking this as a joke,” she warned.
Some users also took to Twitter, to spread awareness of the dangerous trend: